NEW DELHI: BDJS, which has been applying pressure on the NDA leadership for Central government postings, got a rude shock as the Food Corporation of India has appointed five persons of the Lok Janshakti Party as its consultative committee members from Kerala and none from the BDJS.
Lok Janshakti Party parliamentary board chairperson and a resident of Kottayam Rema George is among the five who made it to the list. Lok Janshakti is headed by none other than Union Agriculture Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who ensure that his party members got plum postings in his department bodies.
BDJS leader Tushar Vellappally had been demanding Union Minister’s post and representation in the central boards from the BJP central leadership.
But the BJP never give a favourable reply to BDJS demands. After this, BDJS made a climb down on the demands and sought more Lok Sabha seats in the ensuing general elections.
Another NDA ally PC Thomas too applied strong pressure on the BJP for central postings.
Tushar and PC Thomas were dreaming about the Central postings as Chengannur by-poll is nearing. They thought it can be used as a bargaining chip for the posts. They didn’t know something different was in store. It was another ally that made unexpected gains in the political tussle.
In addition to Rema George, Ramachandran from Edapally, and Saju Joison from Kalamassery figure in the just-released FCI panellist by the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Last week, the ministry had appointed Loka Jana Shakti members Muhammed Iqbal and Jacob Peter on the panel.
BDJS has been claiming that they are the number 2 in NDA in Kerala after BJP. PC Thomas used to say he is at number three. But Lok Jana Shakti gave them an unexpected blow by appointing their leaders in crucial posts.